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The Naked Vine
Monday, July 13, 2009
I was recently asked, "So…Wine Guy…what wines do you usually have just sitting around to drink at home?" Aside from the sheepish little grin I still get when someone calls me "Wine Guy," the question got me thinking. Honestly, there hasn't been much of anything resembling a "house wine" around the Vineyard for quite awhile...
The Naked Vine
Monday, July 6, 2009
One of my favorite sitcoms of all time is Night Court. For some reason, one scene's always stuck in my head. Dan Fielding, the Lothario of all prosecutors (played brilliantly by John Larroquette), finally gets his chance to bed his nemesis, defense attorney Christine Sullivan. Always the…ahem…gentleman, Dan takes Christine out for dinner, orders some bubbly, and the maître d' delivers a classic line...
The Naked Vine
Monday, June 22, 2009
No…no more talk of mullets and the like, but I was inspired by the Gewurztraminer after I heard of a grape I hadn't experienced: Grüner Veltliner. While this sounds like a German plane, it's a white grape widely grown in Austria. Pronounce it GREW-ner felt-LEE-ner, or just call it, as one wine writer did, "GruVey."
The Naked Vine
Monday, June 15, 2009
Vine reader Jason M. suggested that I write a column about Vinho Verde, the Portuguese "green wine." What follows is...well, I'm not quite sure -- but I know apologies to Dr. Seuss are in order.
The Naked Vine
Monday, June 8, 2009
When I talk to new people about wine, I'll usually hear "I don't like dry wines. I like them sweeter," at least once I've found as many men as women out there who prefer sweet wine -- they just don't generally admit it in public. Chances are, many of these folks got smacked in the face with a big-ass cabernet when they first...
The Naked Vine
Monday, May 25, 2009
One of the founding missions of the Vine was to alleviate "wine anxiety" -- the sinking feeling that comes when presented with either an overwhelming array of wine choices or a "think fast" situation. Not long ago, I was at a conference in Chicago. On successive nights, I found myself out to dinner with groups. Each night, a colleague...
The Naked Vine
Monday, May 11, 2009
One of the interesting bits about building up an archive of columns is discovering my own little quirks -- whether it's reusing vocabulary, falling back on certain varieties of wine, or just the evolution in tone as I've written more and more entries. For instance, I've likened all sorts...
The Naked Vine
Monday, April 20, 2009
Quick Quiz: Name the country in the Western Hemisphere with the longest tradition of wine production… Considering I've already given away the answer, if you answered "The United States," "Peru," or "Trinidad & Tobago" - you may stand in the corner for the duration of this installment. Observant readers have already fixed their collective gaze south past the Equator to Chile - the nation stretching thinly...
The Naked Vine
Monday, April 13, 2009
I like to know what I'm drinking. One nice thing about American wines is that they're generally pretty easy to figure out. A sauvignon blanc will say "sauvignon blanc" right there on the label. Merlot is "merlot." White Zinfandel is...well...pink. No great mysteries...
The Naked Vine
Monday, April 6, 2009

It leads to harder stuff

Beaujolais is the quintessential "gateway wine." Many casual wine drinkers who find red wines "too strong" often give Beaujolais a try, only to be drawn inexorably into the world of berries and tannins. Before long, they're planning trips to Sonoma, building shelves for a wine cellar, and debating the merits of syrah or cabernet for their rare...

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